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Artificial Intelligences make deepfakes so perfect even other AIs can't detect them

  Artificial Intelligences make deepfakes so perfect even other AIs can't detect them Deepfake propaganda is already being used to try to affect the outcome of the US election – but tomorrow the technology could be used to empty your bank account Artificial Intelligences are now so good at creating ultra-realistic deepfake videos that not even another  AI  can detect the deception. Researcher Nina Schick, whose book Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse: What You Urgently Need To Know is an urgent wake-up call about the danger to democracy posed by AI, tells Daily Star Online: “Humans will never be able to detect deepfakes… it’s already there – to the naked eye they’re perfect.” And even AI tools won’t be able to spot the fakes. She warns: “You might get to the post where the generators are so perfect that even an AI won’t be able to tell the difference between a real video and a fake video. "That’s already the case with text written by artificial intelligences. No-one can

Majority of new COVID-19 cases in Davidson spread at homes, workplaces

  Majority of new COVID-19 cases in Davidson spread at homes, workplaces Chuck Morris ,  Nancy Amons Updated Oct 29, 2020 | Posted on Oct 29, 2020 Mayor John Cooper said today that 6-of-10 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County this month were spread in workplaces or homes. NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Mayor John Cooper said the majority of new COVID-19 cases reported are being traced to patients' work or home. "The new cases are due to widespread community transmission," Cooper said during Thursday's weekly coronavirus press briefing. Cooper said Metro Public Health Department traced the 5,002 cases reported in October. He said 31% of the cases reported were traced to workplace and 30% were traced to homes.Play Video "Work transmission can happen when coworkers aren't wearing masks when in meeting or unloading a truck together. Anytime you're sharing air there is a risk," said Cooper. Household transmission has also been a common way of sprea

Taiwan just went 200 days without a locally transmitted Covid-19 case. Here's how they did it

Taiwan just went 200 days without a locally transmitted Covid-19 case. Here's how they did it By  Joshua Berlinger , CNN Updated 3:51 AM ET, Fri October 30, 2020 (CNN) As much of the world struggles to contain new waves of the  Covid-19 pandemic , Taiwan just marked its 200th consecutive day without a locally transmitted case of the disease. Taipei's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been one of the world's most effective. The island of 23 million people last reported a locally transmitted case on April 12, which was Easter Sunday. As of Thursday, it had confirmed 553 cases -- only 55 of which were local transmissions. Seven deaths have been recorded. Easter was an important milestone in the United States because President Donald Trump had said a month earlier he wanted the country "opened up and just raring to go" by the  holiday . At that point, 1.7 million people had been  infected  and 110,000 had been killed by the virus -- globally. On Friday

Letter threatens arrest over 12-year-old's missed Zoom class, Bay Area dad says

  Letter threatens arrest over 12-year-old's missed Zoom class, Bay Area dad says   The school principal says her administration had no choice but to send the letter, given new state guidelines around virtual learning.   By  Laura Anthony Thursday, October 22, 2020   LAFAYETTE, Calif. (KGO) -- A parent in the East Bay city says a letter he received from his son's middle school, threatening the boy's arrest for missing less than two hours of Zoom class, is total overkill. The school principal told ABC7 News, her administration had no choice but to send the letter, given new state guidelines around keeping better track of attendance as California public schools continue with mostly virtual learning. "This is our fourth child going through this middle school and out of the blue, we got a letter," explained Lafayette parent Mark Mastrov. Mastrov received the letter after his seventh-grader missed exactly three 30-minute Zoom sessions, one day last month.

White Castle To Automate Kitchens As Contactless Shift Will Accelerate Job Loss

White Castle To Automate Kitchens As Contactless Shift Will Accelerate Job Loss by Tyler Durden Thu, 10/29/2020 - 23:25 As restaurants across the country adjust for a post-pandemic world, driven mainly by the shift to a contactless environment via the adoption of automation and robotics, fast-food restaurant operator White Castle announced Tuesday morning additional robot deployments were nearing in the pursuit to automate kitchens. White Castle, who announced a partnership with Miso Robotics' Flippy, a robotic chef, in July, which we've highlighted for years (see here & here ), released a statement, announcing ten White Castle locations will soon receive robotic chefs. "The move will accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence and robotics in the restaurant industry, critical technologies needed to tackle new pandemic challenges such as social distancing in kitchens, takeout and delivery demand, and higher standards for health and safety via contactless so

Nine COVID Controversies

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Nine COVID Controversies by Tyler Durden Thu, 10/29/2020 - 19:45 Authored by Jeff Harris via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity, Ever since the alleged pandemic erupted this past March the mainstream media has spewed a non-stop stream of misinformation that appears to be laser focused on generating maximum fear among the citizenry. But the facts and the science simply don’t support the grave picture painted of a deadly virus sweeping the land. Yes we do have a pandemic, but it’ a pandemic of ginned up pseudo-science masquerading as unbiased fact. Here are nine facts backed up with data, in many cases from the CDC itself that paints a very different picture from the fear and dread being relentlessly drummed into the brains of unsuspecting citizens. 1) The PCR test is practically useless According to an article in the New York Times August 29th 2020 testing for the Covid-19 virus using the popular PCR method results in up to 90% of those tested showing positive results

New Research Points To The People's Liberation Army Hospital In Wuhan As Origin For Global Coronavirus Pandemic

New Research Points To The People's Liberation Army Hospital In Wuhan As Origin For Global Coronavirus Pandemic by  Tyler Durden Thu, 10/29/2020 - 18:45 A paper published on  Zenodo  (DOI 10.5281/zenodo.4119263) by Dr. Steven Quay, M.D., PhD., head of two COVID-19 therapeutic programs at Atossa Therapeutics, illuminates new scientific observations and conclusions documenting that  the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic began at the General Hospital of Central Theater Command of People’s Liberation Army (PLA Hospital) in Wuhan, China, located at 627 Wulon Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan . According to the paper,  international biospecimen data repositories indicate as early as December 10, 2019 COVID patient records were being created by PLA personnel , weeks before the Chinese government informed the WHO of the pandemic. The paper documents  four patients from the PLA Hospital that have the earliest genetic signature of direct human-to-human coronavirus transmission.  It also includes the

NSA Dodges Questions About Controversial "Backdoors" In Tech Products

NSA Dodges Questions About Controversial "Backdoors" In Tech Products by Tyler Durden Wed, 10/28/2020 - 18:45 Edward Snowden's whistleblowing campaign exposed the National Security Agency in 2013 for having " backdoors " into commercial technology products. The US spy agency worked with some Silicon Valley tech firms to develop covert methods of bypassing the standard authentication or encryption process of a network device so it could scan internet traffic without a warrant. Snowden revealed the NSA's special sauce in how it conducted domestic and foreign backdoor operations to collect vital intelligence, resulted in the agency reforming its spying process, and had to formulate new rules to limit future breaches and how it conducts spy operations, three former intelligence officials told Reuters . However, a recent inquiry into the new guidelines by Senator Ron Wyden, a top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, yielded absolutely nothing as the

China's Top Censor Orders Another Crackdown On Dissent

China's Top Censor Orders Another Crackdown On Dissent by Tyler Durden Wed, 10/28/2020 - 01:00 While Facebook readies emergency measures to halt the spread of viral election day misinformation, contributing to a bout of social media hysteria that is starting to feel vaguely reminiscent of the perturbation that preceded Y2K, the censors over in Beijing are as busy as ever. Reuters reports that China's "top cyber authority" has declared that it will carry out a "rectification" of China's mobile internet browsers. The campaign is a response to concerns about "chaos" in terms of information being shared online. Doesn't sound too different from what's happening over at Twitter and Facebook. But we digress. Anyway, the Cyberspace Administration of China, or CAC - the regulator in question - has told mobile browser owners that they have until Nov. 9 to finish a "self examination" (sounds fun) and rectify any previously unaddressed

How The DoJ's Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Google Could Hammer Apple At A Critical Time

How The DoJ's Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Google Could Hammer Apple At A Critical Time by Tyler Durden Mon, 10/26/2020 - 20:25 The DoJ's push to punish Google in the first of what's expected to be a flurry of civil actions against the Big Tech players could have seriously negative repercussions for a third party: Apple. As the Wall Street Journal highlighted in a recent story highlighting commentary and research recently produced by Toni Sacconaghi, a longtime tech analyst at A.B. Bernstein, Apple and Google have a special link - and it's one of the elements of Google's business that's come under the microscope as a key element of the government's case. The government says Google's arrangement to pay Apple billions of dollars to set Google's search engine as its default has been essential in maintaining its market dominance, and preventing another rival search engine from rising up to challenge Google. "There’s a risk, if you play it out, that

Food Shortages Hit China: There Is "Not...Enough Fresh Food To Go Around"

Food Shortages Hit China: There Is "Not...Enough Fresh Food To Go Around" by  Tyler Durden Tue, 10/20/2020 - 17:25 Authored by Robert Wheeler via The Organic Prepper blog, Over the past few weeks, I have been writing articles regarding  a coming food shortage . I’ve been pointing out that the food shortage is going to hit the United States hard but that it is also going to hit the rest of the world. Food Shortages Hit China: There Is "Not...Enough Fresh Food To Go Around" A worldwide fit of hysteria over COVID, resulting in the shutdown of the world’s economy,  interruption of the supply chain , and the destruction of food products, as well as international trade wars and natural disasters, are going to collide with one another and make this winter one of the toughest on record. 0 / 00:30 China is publicly acknowledging a coming food shortage. But while many have dismissed my claims, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that China is now publicly ack